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Detroit Red Wings won't have Pavel Datsyuk for next two games at least


When the Detroit Red Wings take on the Boston Bruins this evening, they won’t have Pavel Datsyuk in the lineup. That’s a big blow to a team that has struggled to score goals even with No. 13 in the lineup. Now they’ll have to find a way to replace his production and two-way acumen for the second consecutive game.

Ken Holland has also ruled Datsyuk out for Friday’s contest against the New York Islanders.

Head coach Mike Babcock spoke to Ted Kulfan of The Detroit News yesterday, and he offered some insight into Datsyuk’s recovery:

He’ll go through the process and we’ll talk to him after that. We’ll go through the protocol and see what happens.

Babcock also mentioned to Kulfan that Datsyuk had been riding a stationary bike, and that he was able to take to the ice for a light practice today is certainly positive. No one from Detroit’s end has officially called Datsyuk’s injury a concussion, but there’s no doubt that he’s clearly still feeling the effects of Jared Cowen’s deliberate elbow to his jaw.

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